For patients lacking a sufficient amount of bone for a dental implant to replace a maxillary back tooth (upper back tooth), a procedure, which is known as a "sinus lift" is performed. During this surgical procedure, the sinus membrane is lifted, and bone graft material is added between the jaw and the floor of the sinus to provide the needed bone height to support a dental implant successfully.
Depending upon the needs of the case, one of two types of sinus lifts may be performed:
- Lateral Window Technique - This method of care involves cutting out and pushing a defined section of the overlying dental bone against the sinus membrane to elevate it. The space that the dental bone and sinus membrane previously occupied is then filled with bone grafting material. Afterward, the area is given several months to heal before the implant is placed.
- Osteotome - With this approach to care, the sinus membrane is elevated, and a bone graft and implant are immediately placed. Following a sinus lift procedure, there may be some swelling and bleeding. Our office will provide complete information on post-op care, follow-up visits, and precautions to take to facilitate optimal healing.